Gluten Is My Bitch
Rants, Recipes, and Ridiculousness for the Gluten-Free
Written and Narrated by April Peveteaux
Published by Tantor Media
Publication date Apr 11, 2017
Running time 4 hrs
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Living gluten-free is not a whole lot of fun, but at least April Peveteaux has managed to make it funny. Gluten Is My Bitch is a brutally honest, entertaining look at what living a gluten-free life entails. As an antidote to the tragic news that, no, you will never eat regular donuts again, April provides forty gluten-free comfort food recipes and a bonus twenty new recipes in this updated edition that will make even the most frustrated gluten-intolerant smile with relief. In this edition, April addresses the challenges of sustaining a gluten-free lifestyle once you’ve transitioned from the gluten-filled world. With brand-new recipes for everyday meals, this edition offers a complete look at living gluten-free for life. https://tantor.com/gluten-is-my-bitch-april-peveteaux.html
Having one’s cake [bread, donuts, muffins, bagels, etc.] isn’t the easiest thing when you have to go gluten free. The author explores life without that ubiquitous protein and she does it with a lot of humor and narrates it herself with her own wit and humor. Her voice is perfect for expressing what she has written.
As someone who was diagnosed pretty late in life with celiac, this book is personal. I think this author is pretty well versed in the subject and goes a long way to explain some of the celiac mythology and misinformation out there. That it’s funny in a kind of The Bloggess, or David Sedaris way is great and helped to keep me listening to information with which I was pretty familiar.
I confess, I don’t spend a ton of time checking out resources anymore; after ten-plus years without gluten I feel pretty aware of the pitfalls in modern life for the gluten-free person. So, I was not aware of the efforts by scientists to help us all out of this autoimmune cage. Some of those ideas were pretty “out there” and others were in human trials already.
My only issue was the use of the phrase “poop your pants” several times. Anyone with undiagnosed celiac, or any intestinal illness will be a little tired of this phrase in the first chapters. As a shocker phrase it is funny the first couple of times, but beyond that, well, I got it.
I was amused that she had a similar experience to my own traveling in France.
I would like to have seen more attention placed on the other symptoms of the celiac, like the one that finally resulted in my diagnosis: all over body pain. Seriously, before diagnosis I considered Ibuprofen a vitamin supplement.; these days I hardy ever take them.
I also felt the author could have examined the newer GF products and food chains or restaurants developing over the past few years, and some of the important questions to ask when dining out. Some restaurants do better than others, and some are amazing. She also doesn;t mention the other grains and protowheats celiacs should avoid like spelt, kamut, faro,
The recipe portion is handled with a separate download of print files.
I highly recommend this book for people newly diagnosed with any range of illness requiring the gf diet, or for people who want to explore a life without gluten to see if it makes them feel better.